Six Feet Under - "Everyone Leaves" (5/4/03)
We open on an idyllic scene where a family picnic is taking place in a park and Keith's great aunt Jeanette gets stung by a bee. Unfortunately, she is highly allergic and dies before any help arrives. No one has even thought to pull the stinger out which might have helped.
Vanessa has gone from deeply depressed to highly charged up, and surprises Rico with her restored sexuality and her desire to suddenly take dance classes. He seems very pleased to see his wife restored to him, but never questions her remarkably quick turnabout. Eventually she collapses and we all realize along with Rico that something is terribly wrong here.
Meanwhile, Keith and David drive down to the Aunt's funeral and discuss their changing relationship. Keith doesn't seem to be on the same track as David anymore and is not as enamored of David as he once was.
Upon arriving at their destination they are greeted with the usual hostility from Keith's father who has never been able to come to terms with his son's homosexuality. Here is a man who cannot ever admit to being wrong, or being abusive to his own children.
After Nate has consoled a bereaved widower in the funeral chapel, he has a breakdown in the kitchen and we suspect it's some sort of foreshadowing of his own marriage.
A new, relaxed Lisa is getting ready to visit her sister in Santa Cruz and doesn't seem as overwrought as she used to be. She is happy to leave Nate in charge and they have a sweet farewell. Nate suddenly is thrust into the role of primary caretaker and finds himself in the Park with Maya and he calls Lisa because he misses her.
Brenda and Billy have been lapsing into an intimate relationship and Billy takes advantage of the situation which causes Brenda to flee from his apartment. She ends up at Nate's house and once again the chemistry between them is enormous and after a kiss she departs quickly and checks into a motel.
Ruth has finally realized that Arthur is emotionally stunted and distances herself from him. When Claire turns to her mother for solace after she and Russell have a confrontation about his infidelity with Olivier, she and her mother suddenly find a common bond as women and for once Claire allows herself to be comforted.
The ending is a series of montages. Vanessa finally drifts off into a deep sleep. Claire comes to her mother's room and covers her up and curls up in her bed. Nate tries to call Lisa and cannot reach her. He is very worried and lies down next to his baby. Arthur is back in his lonely shell as he turns out the light in his room.
Many changes in all of these lives are about to take place.